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Signing a contract

All domestic building work valued at over $3,300 must be covered by a contract that meets the requirements of the Domestic Building Contracts Act 2000 (DBCA).

Commercial work, or work for a Body Corporate, is not classified as domestic building work, so a contract that meets the requirements of Part 4A of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 should be used instead.

Which contract to use?

Your builder or contractor will often provide a contract for you to sign. You should carefully check the contract documents, and if necessary, seek legal advice before signing to ensure you are aware of your rights and obligations. The contractor commits an offence if they do not provide you with a written contract that complies with all the requirements of the DBCA, including a completed signed copy, before they carry out domestic building work over $3,300.

QBCC Contracts

You can ask your contractor to use one of QBCC’s free domestic building contracts. These contracts record the details of your agreement in writing and strike a good balance between the interest of consumers and contractors.

Contract Checklist

Read the Contract Checklist before signing to ensure your contract complies.

Further information

QBCC's Facts for Smart Building and Renovating contains detailed information on contracts.

The Warranties under the DBC Act factsheet has information on statutory warranties that apply under the DBC act for domestic building work over $3300.

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11/10/2013 1:56 PM

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